Dancers, Dancer's Parents, or Cast Members
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What is the process to participate a MWB production to be a cast member?
Prior to audition, Audition Notice will be posted on Mountain West Ballet website and on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Audition Notice contains detail information about the audition process. Usually the process consists the following steps.
Step 1. Complete Online Pre-registration: available online at mountainwestballet.org usually 2-3 weeks prior to audition date. Dancers must complete this step, online pre-registraion, before step two.
Step 2. Attend one of the available Dancer Registration sessions in person: usually held at Mountain West Ballet the week prior to audition date. Dancers must complete this step, dancer registration, in order to audition. Audition fee and performance fee is due at Dancer Registration.
Step 3. Attend the assigned Audition session.
More questions? Please read Audition FAQ.
Mountain West Ballet Photo Gallery Photo Viewing Policies
As a condition of having access to and viewing photos in the Photo Gallery on the Mountain West Ballet website, mountainwestballet.org, the person agrees to not display the photos on any media outlet such as the Internet or any service accessible by the Internet, or for gain without the express written consent of Mountain West Ballet. These photos are protected under U.S. copyright law. The prohibition includes any posting, in whole or in part, on web sites such as FACEBOOK, MYSPACE, INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE or any other social networking sites. Copies of the photos can only be download for personal use such as scrapbook or personal photo album. Any violation of the terms described above will result in the offender(s) being subject to attorney’s fees, criminal and civil penalties. The person further agrees to hold Mountain West Ballet indemnified and held harmless for any and all claims arising out of the unauthorized use of the photos.
Why do we have to complete online pre-registration?
Online pre-registration is required and the online pre-registration form must be complete and successfully submitted. This electronic form replaces the paper work that dancers or parents of minor dancers must complete.
Why do we have to attend Dancer Registration before the day of the audition?
Dancer registration is required and dancers must be present. During registration, dancers are assigned an audition time based on age and experience. For Nutcracker auditions, heights are also taken during pre-registration to determine audition time. Pre-registration gives us the ability to place dancers with similar experience and abilities in the same audition group.
Where is the audition and when should the dancers plan to be there?
Audition usually is held at middle school auditorium. The exact location will be on the dancer's calendar and be given out during the registration. Dancers should plan to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled audition time. Dancers should be warmed up before arriving.
Can parents wait for their audition dancers at Mountain West Ballet?
Due to limited space at Mountain West Ballet and the number of dancers auditioning, we can not accommodate parents waiting inside the building. Please plan accordingly.
How should the dancers dress for the audition and what should they bring with them?
Girls/Ladies: black leotard, pink tights, and pink technique shoes or pink pointe shoes if auditioning en pointe. Hair must be pulled back away from the face, in a neat bun. Bangs are ok, but no hair ornament (scrunchies, flowers, bow, etc) will be allowed.
Boys/men: white t-shirt, black shorts, pants, or tights and black technique shoes.
Please bring a water bottle to stay hydrate during audition. Please come dressed. Do not plan on changing at the audition location. MWB does not have extra shoes, tights, or leotards. Please come prepared.
What is the audition process on the day of audition?
Each dancer is assigned an audition number for judging and scoring purposes. Combinations are taught by a qualified and experienced professional from the ballet community who is not associated with Mountain West Ballet or any of the studios where any of the artistic staff reside. Dancers perform the combinations for the panel of judges and scores are given to each dancer for each combination.
Who are the judges?
Dancers are judged by a panel of Judges. The panel consist of five to seven judges brought in from the community who are not associated with Mountain West Ballet and who do not have a working relationship with members of the artistic staff.
What is the scoring system?
The judges use a points based scoring system. Scores between 0 for the lowest and 5 for the highest are given. The highest and the lowest scores will be dropped A list is generated ranking dancers averaged cumulative scores form the highest to lowest. The scores will be entered by an individual who is not on the artistic staff, general board or executive board.
How is the casting done?
Casting is done base on score ranking. Before the audition, a list is made in the order of roles from high to low for each audition group. The dancers with the highest scores are cast into the first section of the list and so forth until every dancer is placed. Dancers who have not auditioned en pointe will not be cast in a pointe part, however, a dancer who auditions en pointe may be selected for a non-pointe part.
How many dancers are cut from the audition?
Every dancer who auditions will be cast.
Photography and Video Policies
Mountain West Ballet prohibits video recording or photography of any type (including digital camera photography/recording and cell phone photography/recording) during any rehearsals or performances. Professional DVD recording will be available for purchase by participants. Not all performances will be recorded. Purchase of the recording is optional. Candid photos may be taken during the production in designated areas only. Designated areas are the Green Room, holding areas, dressing room and hallways. No photos will be allowed to be taken on stage, back stage or in the auditorium at any time during the production.
Please note the following conditions for receiving the DVD recording:
As a condition of receipt of the DVD, the recipient agrees to not show the DVD at any public showing, on any media outlet such as the Internet or any service accessible by the Internet, or for gain without the express written consent of Mountain West Ballet. The performances contained in this DVD are protected under U.S. copyright law, and all rebroadcasts of the performances, in whole or in part, are a violation. This prohibition includes any posting, in whole or in part, on web sites such as FACEBOOK, MYSPACE, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, or YOUTUBE. Copies of the DVD can be created for archival purposes only, and not for distribution to any party. Any violation of the terms described above will result in the offender(s) being subject to attorney’s fees, criminal and civil penalties. The recipient further agrees to hold Mountain West Ballet indemnified and held harmless for any and all claims arising out of the unauthorized use of the DVD.
Cast Members/Parents Failure to Comply Policy
- Dancers must attend all rehearsals. Failure to attend all rehearsals will result in the dancer being put on probation.
- Dancers 18 and older and a parent of dancers 17 and younger must attend the cast/parent meeting. Failure to attend will result in the dancer being put on probation.
- Dancers’ families must volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours with MWB. Dancers that do not fulfill their volunteer hours (including signing up for a shift but not showing up and completing the shift) will be put on probation.
- Dancers must attend all scheduled costume fittings or the dancer will be put on probation. If extenuating circumstances prevent a dancer from attending a costume fitting, he/she must contact the Costume Mistress in advance of the costume fitting.
- Dancers and parents must follow the MWB photo/video rules as follows:
- What is probation? Probation means that during the next MWB production, the dancer will be on probation. If the dancer fails to follow another rule while on probation, he/she will not be permitted to audition for the next MWB performance.
Publicity Release and Hold Harmless
I hereby authorize and give full consent to Mountain West Ballet (MWB) to write, publish and prepare articles, photographs, DVDs or videos concerning my activities in connection with MWB. MWB may use or cause to be used for commercial art advertising purpose, without limitation, reservation or compensation. I specifically waive and relinquish any and all right to video and/or sound recording of my activities described for showing to the public, and I further waive and relinquish any and all rights with respect to such distribution and showing. I certify that I am over 18 years of age and have read and fully understand the above. If under 18 years of age a parent or a legal guardian must sign agreement for minor child. Either parent, if both parents have legal custody, or the person having legal custody or the legal guardian of the above minor must consent.
Mountain West Ballet Cast Member Rules
1. Dancers must continue to train in ballet at their current Ballet School throughout the duration of rehearsals for this production. Strength, flexibility and technique are not worked on in rehearsals, but are keys to the excellence which each dancer brings to the production.
2. Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory! Attendance at staging, tech, and dress rehearsals is not negotiable - it is mandatory for all cast members. If you are going to miss a rehearsal, you must contact the teacher of your part by phone or e-mail (phone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed on the web site). DO NOT call MWB or the parent liaison.
3. Be on time to all rehearsalsdressed appropriately (leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, and hair in a bun not pony-tail or braid) and warmed up, ready to dance prior to your rehearsal start time. We reserve the right to add or cancel rehearsals. Every effort will be made to contact you personally of any changes.
Volunteer Agreement and Release from Liability
As listed in the cast rules, each family is required to donate at least ten hours (10hrs) of volunteer time. Mountain West Ballet depends on volunteers to assist with all aspects of this production.
Parent or guardian agree to work for Mountain west Ballet (MWB) as a volunteer with the Nutcracker and spring ballet production. As a volunteer, I understand that I control the dates and times, the type of work and when I do the work, and that MWB is not responsible for scheduling my volunteer work. I also understand that I will not be compensated for any time spent volunteering, nor am I entitled to benefits, including employment insurance benefits upon the termination for this agreement or as a result of this service. I am aware that participation as a volunteer may require periods of standing, lifting and will require the exercise of reasonable care to avoid injury. I am voluntarily participating in this activity with knowledge of the hazards and potential dangers involved, and agree to accept any and all risks of personal injury and property damage. As consideration for volunteering for MWB, I hereby agree that I, and my assignees, heirs, guardians, and legal representatives, will not make a claim against or sue MWB or its directors, employees, agents or contractors for injury or damage resulting from the negligence, whether active or passive, or other acts, however caused, by any of its officers, directors, employees, agents, or contractors of MWB as a result of my volunteering.
Parental/Guardian Consent Form
I/We authorize Mountain West Ballet (MWB), through its agents to consent to medical care of the above minor entrusted to MWB care, to include any x-ray examination, anesthetic, medical or surgical diagnosis or treatment and hospital care to be rendered to said minor under the general or special supervision and upon the advise of a licensed physician and surgeon; or consent to an x-ray examination, anesthetic, dental or surgical diagnosis or treatment and hospital care to be rendered to said minor by a licensed dentist. I/We further agree that I/we shall hold MWB and its agents free and harmless from any and all liabilities resulting from their active and passive negligence, but not willfulness, causing injury to the above minor child or to his property.
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MWB POLICES, RULES, and REQUIREMENTS
This section displays polices, rules, and requirements for dancers and dancer's parents when participating Mountain West Ballet production. The polices. rules, and requirements were agreed and committed to be followed by dancers and parents during the online pre-registration process.
REHEARSAL SCHEDULE and LOCATIONS
FOR PARENTS and DANCERS